John F. Blonski, 89, formerly of Quincy, passed away Monday (July 21, 2014) at Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell, Minn. John was born June 21, 1925, in Rhinelander, Wis., to John and Veronica Kropko Blonski. He served in the Office of Strategic Services for the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and then returned home to graduate from the University of Wisconsin. He married Joan Cassidy on Oct. 8, 1955, in Quincy. John and Joan raised their three children in Quincy where he worked for the Boy Scouts of America and later for many years at Gardner-Denver Co., retiring as manager of advertising services. John attended services at Country Manor Chapel and was a longtime member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Quincy, where he served as director of Religious Education and as president of the Holy Name Society. John was always committed to serving others including volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, Blessing Hospital and many other organizations. He loved reading, golfing, traveling and watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Survivors include children, Julie (Marvin) Smith of Morton, Joe (Patty) Blonski of Sartell and Jack Blonski of Chatham; and grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Courtney Smith, Meghan Petrie, Colin Blonski, and Becka Blonski. John was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; a brother, Ray; and his parents. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, memorial services will be in the Country Manor Chapel in Sartell, with the Rev. Larry Siekawitch officiating. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the local Boy Scouts of America chapter. ARRANGEMENTS: Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids, Minn. WEBSITE: www.williamsdingmann.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 24 to July 26, 2014